x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

10 years in jail for attempt to deliver drugs to detention centre 

Court told 20-year-old Emirati student attempted to smuggle heroin into the Rashidiya detention centre.

DUBAI // A student has been jailed for 10 years and fined Dh50,000 for trying to smuggle heroin hidden in a bundle of clothes into the Rashidiya detention centre.

O?S, a 20-year-old Emirati, visited the centre on August 18 last year to see an inmate.

He told police that a friend, H?Y, had called him knowing he was planning the visit, according to court records.

H?Y, he said, gave him a bundle of clothes and asked O?S to give them to his inmate friend, to pass to another detainee at the centre.

But when the clothes were searched police found 1.02g of heroin hidden in a pair of trousers, according to K?M, a police officer at Al Rashidiya police station.

“Yes, I possessed heroin,” O?S told Al Saeed Mohammed Bargouth, the presiding judge at the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance, “but I didn’t try to smuggle it to a detainee in Al Rashidiya.”

The court, however, found him guilty of both charges. He now has 15 days to appeal.